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It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed, and it's the worst day of her life....Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she's fine - despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream that comes burbling up again and again.

Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....

A digital-only prequel to Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series.

Read an exclusive essay about this series and learn more about Rachel Vincent.
©2009 Rachel Vincent (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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A beautifully crafted vignette!

I'm not sure what other reviewers were expecting when they downloaded this free, two hour short story. I began listening with no expectations whatsoever, without even having read the description (free is free, after all) and was enrapt, start to finish.

For such a short piece, a great deal of care goes into developing the main character and her relationships with those close to her. The author doesn't beat you over the head with it, but uses a delicate touch, which may be unsatisfying for certain types of people.

This is an absorbing, brilliantly executed portrait of a teenage girl in situation that would be, for anyone, strange to say the least. To complain that she seemed 'whiny' is to miss the point entirely -- a failure of imagination, at best. In her shoes, the rest of us would likely fare as well.

Much to my delight, this is merely a prologue of sorts to an ongoing series by the author, and I will be purchasing subsequent books on the authority of this work alone.

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It gave me a creepy Twilight Zone feeling...

During a panic attack she has at the mall, teenager Kaylee claws her throat raw in an effort to stop screaming. This extreme reaction lands her in the local psychiatric ward, where she is under careful observation by doctors and family alike. The reader is given the sense that there is more to Kaylee's panic attacks - and subsequent screaming - than there appears.

This piece is a prequel to Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series, but it is strong enough to stand on its own. An ideal reader will buy the rest of the series to find out just what is behind these panic attacks that haunt Kaylee. I may just buy the series myself. This piece of writing moved me. When the eerie music began to play at the end of the story, it gave me a creepy Twilight Zone feeling that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. To evoke that kind of reaction means the writer did her job well.

One small complaint....Kaylee kept talking about her "jaws." She mentioned her "jaws" at least twice if not three times. I didn't realize humans had more than one jaw. Perhaps I will google this and find that I am wrong, but as of this writing I believe I am right, so the "jaws" thing really bugged me.

Overall a worthwhile read, whether you plan to finish the series or not. Since this story is available for FREE, you have no excuse not to download it and enjoy the listen.

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Its Free! and gets you hooked on new series!!

Win/ win, I loved this small prequel, its under 2 hours and free! it gives you a taste of a beginning of a new series without sacrificing a credit or money. I loved it, I was hooked the whole time and then bought the first 3 books in the series. Who doesn't like a story about a misunderstood teenage girl coming into her paranormal powers, its right up my ally.

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Good, but I feel left hanging.

The narrator was great and I really got sucked in to the characters story, but I guess I failed to realize that this was just a prequel, so I was left with a wtf feeling. So you will want to keep on with the series. Otherwise great but hoy, just what I need another series...

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A Dark Tale

*** WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***
OVERALL=A Short Dark Tale that explains Nothing, although I’m pretty sure I know where it is heading. The ending, heck the whole story, is nothing but questions without answers. I was left largely unsatisfied as an avid Reader/Listener, so consider yourself forewarned.

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A very strange, short, dark tale, what is madness? What is sanity? What if What You saw, no one else did, and You knew with every fiber of your being, what you saw was real? What would happen if you weren’t in control of Your own voice? If the sounds that came out of your mouth, seemed to have a mind of their own? A dark mind, connected directly to other people, complete strangers, and possibly their fate?

This tale surrounds a teenage girl, who has “panic attacks” in which she screams, when one day at the mall, she is struck by one of her attacks so strongly (after seeing a kid in a wheelchair with shadows surrounding him), that she begins to scream and doesn’t stop until she is passed out, and even then, she attempts to fight her own scream. The unsurprising result is that she ends up in an inpatient care facility talking to psychologists, longing to go home, and trying to keep herself from ending up potentially permanently committed or drugged out of her mind by way of ‘treatment.’

I haven’t read ahead or any other books by this author at this point, but I can tell you this, where I believe the story is going. I’m pretty sure the main character is a Banshie without realizing it, and as such, when ever she sees someone who is fated to die, she lets out an uncontrollable Banshie Wail, beyond that, I don’t know what will happen next...Not sure I’ll read the authors future or other books, as this one just left me unsatisfied, so good luck to you if you do.

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What a teaser!

This is a short story about a girl who sees gray fog around people that she believes are going to die. When she feels the fog coming all she can do is scream. Unfortunately one of these screaming fits happened in the middle of sears and she is committed because of it....but she finds some answers in the psych ward.

I admit I only got this book because it was narrated by Amanda Ronconi, she is GOOD! But I'm intrigued enough to download book 1 and see where this goes. Is this chick just crazy, is she a grim reaper and doesn't know it, I want to know why she has to scream.

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Nice introduction into the Series.

If you could sum up My Soul to Lose in three words, what would they be?

This is a must read if you are going to read the series. Read this book first so the rest of the series makes sense. It's a great backstory.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kaylee and Em.

Any additional comments?

This is a great series and I am glad I bought the series. I am definitely going to read and re read these books.

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Great Story :)

This was the first book I downloaded and listened to, and I was not disappointed. The writing is clear and concise and keeps you wanting to hear more. And there were some bits that had me giggling, too, even though this was supposed to be a mystery/suspense/thriller novel. My only gripe is that it ended too soon (for me) - but I guess that's just to make you want to read/listen to the other 2 books :)

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Prologue

This book doesn't stand on it's own and would have been much better as a prologue in My Soul to Take. I rated it high because it is a great prologue which explains much of what happens in My Soul to Take and am very glad that I read it first.

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Loved it

I've already read the series and loved it. wanted to see how it was listening to it and still just as good. hope I can listen to the rest of the series.